TODAY   |  October 01, 2013

Government shutdown could last weeks

As national parks and other functions grind to a halt in the first government shutdown in 17 years, some members say it could last days or even weeks before a compromise is reached. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports

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>> kelly o'donnell. she is on capitol hill . kelly, how did it all go down?

>> matt, what a night. congress will be back to work today to try to fix this mess but aids in both parties, sources high up, say right now they think this could go on for days, maybe even weeks. and that's because that prediction is because they're not dealing with money where they could just meet in the middle . they're fighting over differences about the future of the health care law .

>> reporter: gridlock in the middle of the night .

>> should the public be prepared for this to go on for days?

>> let's hope not.

>> reporter: no solution in site. john boehner left the capitol unable to strike a deal.

>> the house made it's decision known quickly. we believe we should fund the government and there should be basic fairness for all americans under obamacare.

>> reporter: senate democrats would not budge on obamacare.

>> it is embarrassing that these people who are elected to represent the country are representing the tea party , the anarcists of the country.

>> reporter: they suggest it will linked to a delay to the president's healthcare law.

>> this is an effort to save the country from a healthcare law that's not working.

>> reporter: but in a rare moment of genuine cooperation congress did agree to keep pay checks coming for the military. president obama releasing this late night video messages for troops.

>> you and your families deserve better than the dysfunction we're seeing in congress.

>> so the house is saying let's put together a committee to negotiate with a small group of members from the house and the senate. the senate is saying no, won't do that. the only thing they will accept is to extend funding with nothing else attached. no impact on the healthcare law.